You are the Future of SSU PRSSA

By Nick Ziogas, Vice President of Public Relations

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Being a part of a society that is viewed highly in the public relations field is rewarding by the amount of PR experience, learning and connections gained. On the outside, joining PRSSA may appear as though it’s all about glitz and glamour with so many awesome opportunities such as flying to national conference, listening to high profile speakers, attending regional conference, accompanying members to networking events, and meeting students who have the same interests as you.  However, at the end of the day, it’s a lot of hard work.

And that’s where the Executive Board comes in! 

Executive Board 2013-2014

Executive Board 2013-2014

Being part of the Executive Board for PRSSA means you’re a part of a lot of the major decisions being made for the organization within our Chapter.  Whether it’s planning for national conference to organizing every beneficial meeting for each member, you are the voice for your school’s PRSSA.

As this semester comes to an end, our graduates of the current Executive Board for 2013-2014 are preparing their farewells.  However, not all good things must come to an end.

PRSSA elections are right around the corner, and it’s time to starting thinking about how you can be part of the Executive Board 2014-2015!

Deciding which position to run for can be difficult. Here is a little breakdown of what each Executive Board position does and their responsibilities for the chapter:

President:

  • Motivate Executive Board and members through an enthusiastic attitude toward PRSSA.
  • Preside at all membership and Executive Board meetings.
  • Coordinate the weekly general meetings as well as the weekly Executive Board meetings.
  • Responsible for communicating with Executive Board members on a regular basis regarding meetings, events, opportunities and general Executive Board responsibilities.
  • Delegate responsibilities of officers and committees.
  • Recommend and establish goals and objectives for the Chapter with the approval of the membership, faculty and Professional Advisors.
  • Responsible for updating and keeping current Chapter Handbook.
  • Critically examines the Salem State University PRSSA Chapter and strives to improve the Chapter.
  • Assist the Member Services Coordinator in collecting annual dues and assume responsibility for providing accurate information on the accompanying dues form to be forwarded to PRSSA National Headquarters on Nov. 1 and again on March 1.
  • Stay in contact with the PRSSA National Committee.
  • Coordinate Chapter participation on the national level (National Conference, National Assembly, Regional Activities, etcetera).

Vice President of Chapter Development:

  • Motivate members through his or her enthusiastic attitude toward PRSSA.
  • Preside at all membership and Executive Board meetings.
  • Perform presidential duties if the president is absent or unable to perform his or her duties.
  • Help the president coordinate and direct committee activities and Chapter operations.
  • Perform duties as may be delegated by the president.
  • Counsel the president by recommending goals, objectives, plans and programs.
  • Responsible for the planning of member workshops throughout the academic year, presenting all members with a semester at a glance at the first meeting of each semester.
  • Records and distributes the minutes of all Executive Board and membership meetings.
  • Responsible for keeping attendance at all Executive Board and membership meetings.
  • Responsible for regularly checking and answering all emails addressed to the Chapter through our account (ssuprssa@gmail.com).

Vice President of Public Relations:

  • Motivate members through his or her enthusiastic attitude toward PRSSA.
  • Preside at all membership and Executive Board meetings.
  • Manage and produce content for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for the Chapter.
  • Update members on Chapter events, such as socials and outings.
  • Create, maintain and update media contact list for potential media coverage.
  • Promote recruitment and retention with presentations, brochures, flyers and other promotional tactics.
  • Work with Managing Editor to publicize all blog posts and editorials in Chapter social
media outlets.
  • Work with Managing Editor to maintain content on website.

Vice President of Career Services:

  • Motivate members through his or her enthusiastic attitude toward PRSSA.
  • Preside at all membership and Executive Board meetings.
  • Responsible for finding branding and networking opportunities for the chapter and its members.
  • Will serve as dominant executive board member in the planning and coordinating of events we are to attend.
  • Establish and maintain relationship with our parent-chapter, PRSA Boston.
  • Stay in contact and update our parent-chapter of our activities.
  • Notify PRSSA Headquarters and PRSA sponsor Chapters of changes in Chapter leaders.
  • Work closely with the Vice President of Public Relations on updating the Chapter social media outlets with internships.

Vice President of Member Services:

  • Motivate members through his or her enthusiastic attitude toward PRSSA.
  • Preside at all membership and Executive Board meetings.
  • Counsel the president by recommending goals, objectives, events, plans and programs.
  • Must collect and submit all member dues by the date allotted from Nationals, with the appropriate completed forms.
  • Collect fees for any Chapter special events and fundraisers.
  • Disburse Chapter funds with proper approval.
  • Collect GPAs from all members when dues are submitted.
  • Keep accurate records for membership eligibility.
  • Responsible for regularly visiting the PRSSA National Website and keeping the chapter informed on events, scholarships and current information.

Managing Editor:

  • Motivate members through his or her enthusiastic attitude toward PRSSA.
  • Preside at all membership and Executive Board meetings.
  • Manage blog and editorial content schedule for the website.
  • Edit all blog posts and editorials.
  • Reach out to other Executive Board members for a second edit of all work to be published.
  • Work with Vice President of Public Relations to publicize all blog posts and editorials on Chapter social media outlets.
  • Work with Vice President of Public Relations to maintain content on website.

You made it to the end! Now you can decide which Executive Board position best suits you. Elections are going to be held on March 31! (Please prepare a short speech on why you are a perfect candidate)

Good luck future Executive Board members!

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